Chinese Barbecued Chicken Recipe

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This is my father-in-law's favorite BBQ chicken recipe...with good reason. It is really delicious. I like this better than the best teriyaki chicken I've had. Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

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Servings: 4-8



  1. Season the chicken on both sides with the salt and pepper. Place in a ziplock bag with 1 Tbsp hoisin, 1 Tbsp vinegar, and 1 tsp soy sauce. Rub to distribute the ingredients and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours. Remove from fridge and let sit for 20 minutes before grilling.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the sauce ingredients with a whisk or fork until smooth.
  3. Clean the grill and preheat to medium high indirect, or medium direct. Grill the chicken skin side down with the lid closed as much as possible for about 10 minutes Then turn and cook skin side up for about 10 minutes, still with lid down as much as possible. Brush both sides with sauce and move positions as needed to even out the cooking for about 5 minutes. If sauce remains, brush both sides again using all the sauce, turn over, and continue to cook for a final 5 minutes. Remove when chicken is golden brown and juices run clear.


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  • Nancy Miyasaki
    This is a nice, tangy BBQ chicken. Doing drumsticks fro the kids was a great saved me a lot of chopping!
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    • Dave McFarland
      My vote is based on my impression of the ingredients. I would like to see a small dash of garlic powder, also I would use Canola oil, and not peanut oil. I was also thinking that a small bit of ginger would be nice. Also, instead of soy sauce, I get a low sodium mushroom soy sauce from a local Chinese grocery, and it's great. I also might make it a little sweeter. I will try your recipe, though.
      • Kay
        I made this on Sunday and it is really good. Leftovers made a flavorful chicken salad!
        I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
        • Donna Thiemann
          I made this with my son last weekend and it was a huge hit. Thanks for an awesome recipe.
          I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
          • Keven Youngblood
            Gave this a try, tasty stuff!
            I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
            • Michele Grason
              This is a great go-to recipe for BBQ chicken and I love it when I already have all the ingredients at home!
              I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


              • Karen E. Taylor
                June 20, 2010
                I plan on trying this today, to be fair, I will rate recipe as written, thanks John!
                • Sandi Vanthoff
                  June 19, 2010
                  Dave don't you think you might at least try the recipe, before adding or subtracting ingredients. When one does that they are creating a whole new recipe that may be so removed from the original you really won't be able to review it fairly or properly. I personally like the recipe as written, and will try it as written.
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                  • John Spottiswood
                    June 19, 2010
                    Thanks for the comment, Nancy. Let me know how you like it.
                  • The Mom Chef
                    June 17, 2010
                    This looks wonderful. I will definitely try it, though I agree with Dave and will add a bit of ginger, simply because I love the flavor so much. Thanks for sharing.
                    • Janis Tester
                      June 17, 2010
                      This looks great. Perfect for summer.
                      • Kay
                        June 16, 2010
                        That looks really good! I will try it. Thank you for sharing : )
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                      • Pedro Rebelo
                        June 16, 2010
                        Looks good. Plan to give this a try today!
                        1 reply
                        • John Spottiswood
                          June 17, 2010
                          Hope you enjoy it, Pedro. Please add a rating/review if you do try it!

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